Beech-Nut baby food has issued a recall and now, cue the sanctimommies flooding Facebook with their magical thinking. Since they make their baby food from scratch, blending it carefully with sustainably sourced organic baby dolphin tears, their kids will never be sick or hurt! Because you know, giant, poison spiders don't live in bananas or anything. And fresh produce can never grow listeria. Get ready for a rant, because this has me very riled up.
First, the facts. Beech-Nut has issued this recall on 1,920 pounds of baby food that may have been contaminated with fragments of glass. The issue was discovered after a consumer complaint:
The recall affects four-ounce glass jars labeled “Stage 2 Beech-Nut CLASSICS sweet potato & chicken” that were produced on Dec. 12, 2014 and which were shipped to retail locations “nationwide,” according to a USDA news release. The recalled jars show the establishment number “P-68A” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The affected product expires in “DEC 2016” and includes product numbers “12395750815” through “12395750821.”
If you have these items in your house, be sure to deal with them. You can call the Beech-Nut consumer hotline at (866) 674-4446.
Moving on, the sanctimony. Of course, anything made in a factory has the potential to be contaminated. It's just a fact. Unless you plan to feed your baby something grown in your backyard every day for the rest of their lives and deprive them even of organic Amy's lasagna (also recalled recently) this is a risk we all take every day by eating things in boxes, cans or jars. And news flash- produce can have listeria or you can be sick yourself and contaminate your own baby's food while making it. There are no guarantees and feeding your baby jarred food is nothing to feel bad about. Well, according to normal people it isn't. Sanctimonious assholes are a whole other story.
Check out these Super Mommies wanting to be sure you know how much you don't love your baby for feeding them poisonous jarred food! Names and faces obscured to protect the jerks:
SURE, parents. Just make your own, it's so easy! Because parents don't have to work or clean a house or have a moment's peace or even spend time with their kids! Choosing jarred is just playing roulette with your baby's health, right? God, this pisses me off. Making your own is still not a guarantee that nothing will go wrong and buying jarred is not risky business. These recalls aren't that frequent and it's nothing that can't happen with other processed foods your baby will eat as they get older. This is just one more way parents can shame each other for the basic decisions we make for our children every day. Why don't we focus on our own kids and stop worrying so much about what everyone else is doing?